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Thailand to lead environment project

Thailand is to be the centre of the AsiaPacific region in developing education for sustainable

Thailand to lead environment project

A farmer and the meeting's participants



Phublished on August 29,2007

development through a range of technical and vocational projects.

The move follows the International Consultation on Education for Sustainable Development held by UnescoUNEVOC last week in Chiang Mai.

The deputy secretarygeneral of the Vocational Education Commission, Siripan Choomnoom, said many world leaders were encouraging all countries to set up sustainable development that does not destroy the environment.

Experts from 17 countries, including Canada, Australia, China and Vietnam were in Chiang Mai to search for perspectives in bringing about sustainable development via technical and vocational education.

Siripan said the focus would be on three main issues: to cooperate in research projects, disseminate and exchange information about the best practices among the countries to develop a database for publishing and the Internet; develop teachers, curriculum, related workers in the private sector and capacity building in sustainable ways, and to form networks of related organisations, such as UnescoUNEVOC, Unesco AsiaPacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (Bangkok) and other international organisations to assist each other.

"There will be a meeting as a followup to this event and then we will make a final paper regarding the recommendations of how to achieve sustainable development to submit to Unesco by the end of this year and will later submit the paper to its 220 membercountries," she said.

Unesco would then push forward with the recommendations to governments and related ministries, such as Education, Industry, Natural Resources and the Environment and Labour, to consider forming policies supporting sustainable development.

In addition, His Majesty the King's Sufficiency Economy theory was presented as a very good model to the participants at the meeting because the theory does not destroy the environment and accords with sustainable development.

"A participant from Netherlands told me he would disseminate and apply the theory in his country," said Siripan.

Unesco representative Charles Hopkins from Canada, said if sustainable development through technical and vocational education succeeded in AsiaPacific, it would spread to other continents, such as America and Africa in the future.

Foundation Professor of Professional and Vocational Education, Richard G Bagnall from Hong Kong, said they had chosen AsiaPacific region to initiate the development because there were many good case studies in the region - and also good examples in Thailand.

"Everything, like wood, energy, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure development should be balanced," said Sri Lanka's National Education Commission member, Dayantha S Wijeyesekara.

Wannapa Phetdee

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